George Elmaraghy, the Ohio EPA water regulator forced out by Gov. John Kasich, said he wants to stay on the job and was threatened with termination if he did not sign a retirement notice, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The group Environment Ohio visited a church with an energy-efficient lighting system that has saved thousands of dollars as part of its effort to press lawmakers to maintain current standards for renewable energy and efficiency, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Todd Snitchler, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was the keynote speaker at a 2011 meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that opposes renewable energy requirements. Snitchler recently opposed plans for a solar farm in his state, The Associated Press reports.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler has been a frequent critic of renewable energy on his Twitter feed, sharing no positive thoughts in more than 1,000 tweets from the past year. Snitchler and his agency ruled against a new solar-energy project last week, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Ohio lawmakers are not likely to implement changes to its energy-efficiency rules for utilities until next year at the earliest, despite arguments from power company FirstEnergy about the added cost for consumers, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
An apparent end to the relentless slide in oil prices, replaced by day-to-day volatility, has made the option of storing crude in tankers for future resale less attractive, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Predicted higher oil demand in China helped boost prices early Friday, although persistent growth in U.S. stockpiles has helped widen the divide between the domestic and international benchmarks. West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery gained 78 cents to $48.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped 92 cents to $60.97, Reuters reports.
Striking United Steelworkers refinery workers told the Los Angeles Times they are exhausted by long hours and stress caused by bare bones staffing and the use of contractors unfamiliar with equipment that operate at high temperatures and high pressure.
With former Obama administration climate adviser John Podesta expected to run Hillary Clinton’s anticipated 2016 presidential campaign, the former Secretary of State will likely be in a strong position to attract environmental support, according to E&E.
A secession movement is gaining traction in economically-strapped New York towns along the Pennsylvania border, following Albany’s decision to ban fracking. The communities are frustrated they won't be able to take advantage of their position atop the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, The Economist reports.
In a bid to prop up its struggling nuclear power plants, Exelon Corp. is backing legislation introduced in the Illinois legislature to reward producers of low-carbon energy, a measure attacked by consumer advocates, The Associated Press reports.
U.S. coal production for the week ending Feb. 21 fell to an estimated 16.5 million short tons, down from the previous week and the year-ago period, according to Energy Information Administration data. Platts reports the drop could be attributed to the Presidents’ Day holiday and snowy weather that affected rail coal loading.